A Review of Dr. Bernstein The Diabetes Diet
A Review of The Diabetes Diet by Dr. Bernstein
Well known author and diabetic Dr. Bernstein has published a new book, The Diabetes Diet. He is known for Dr. Bernstein’s Diabetes Solution and Dr. Bernstein’s Secrets to Normal Blood Sugars. He has had diabetes for over fifty-nine years and has been on a low carb diet since the ‘70s. Bernstein was originally an engineer and went to medical school at the age of 45 to be able to practice and inform diabetics of his revolutionary diet.
A type 1 diabetic himself he credits this diet and not the approved American Diabetes Diet (ADA). His diet is somewhat controversial as it limits all carbohydrates and proteins. Bernstein was originally on the approved ADA diet until he realized it would kill him and he devised his own diet.
Bernstein’s book is laid out in a user friendly manner and only includes two parts. The first part deals with Diabetes diet. He carefully reviews each food group and the affect foods have on one’s blood sugar. The second part of the book is 112 easy recipes to make for his diet.
In the first section Bernstein details each food group and includes an easy to use no-no food list. Bernstein uses his own battle with diabetes as a reference to the foods he recommends. Some of the chapters in the first part are: Why a Low-Carb diet is the only answer for Diabetics and a very good answer for everyone else, Some Basic Science underlying the Diabetes Diet, Essential Guidelines for the Diabetes Diet, So What’s Low Carb?, Customizing the Diet and Weight Loss-If You’re Overweight. These chapters detail what is involved in the Diabetes Diet and why. Bernstein fully explains his choices and why you should choose to follow his diet.
His handy No-No list foods in categories as well as accepted foods. Some of the no-no foods included processed foods, potatoes, and corn and milk products. Bernstein lists alternatives and some exceptions in case of allergies and other medical issues.
Part Two includes over 112 recipes to fit into your new diet. They are broken down by breakfast, lunch, dinner, salads, soups, poultry, other meat, sauces, and then desserts. These are easy to follow recipes and don’t include many ingredient. A good example is Peanut Butter Cookies. The recipe is as follows:
1 cup natural peanut butter
4 tsp Da Vinci sugar free vanilla syrup
1 tsp vanilla
21 toasted peanut halves
Preheat oven to 350 F
Beat eggs. Add peanut butter. Stir mixture well. Add syrup and vanilla. Put 1 tablespoon mounds of cookie dough on greased baking sheet in rows, 2 inches apart. Top each cookie with a peanut half. Bake 10 minutes. Makes 21 cookies.
Each ingredient has a breakdown for carbohydrates and proteins.
This book is a good source for newly diagnosed Diabetics and for those looking to change their diets as diabetes progresses. It is easy to read, understandable and Dr. Bernstein explains each and every step of the way in changing your diet. He promises good blood glucose control and weight loss. Many diabetic, both Type 1 and Type 2 depend on the Bernstein’s diet to maintain important control of their diabetes.
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